Investigating Scrapbooks


The History Center’s collection includes more than 300 scrapbooks. They contain photographs, programs, clippings, certificates, and all types of souvenirs.  Some scrapbooks contain very personal stories while others document the activities of a business or organization as well as local, national and international events.

Recently, the scrapbooks got a workout when an undergraduate class from the University of Richmond’s Department of Rhetoric & Communication Studies investigated some of the albums for a semester-long project.  Students created a video story that examines a scrapbook of their choosing.

See how Robin Hawbaker relates Ellie Williams Broome’s baby book to her own childhood.

Meg Hughes
Director of Collections and Interpretation
Valentine Richmond History Center